Immigration Staff Attorney - Community Justice Project, Reading


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The Community Justice Project (CJP) seeks an immigration staff attorney to work out of its Reading, Pennsylvania office.

CJP is a statewide legal aid program that is part of Pennsylvania’s Legal Aid Network, but it does not receive Legal Services Corporation funding. It specializes in class action and other litigation and advocacy that impacts Pennsylvania’s low-income residents. CJP conducts broad advocacy in all forms and subject areas, which include civil rights, employment, housing, community development, consumer, immigration, immigrant rights, and public benefits. CJP works with local legal aid programs across the state, but it also does its own outreach to Hispanic communities from offices in Reading, Hazleton, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.

CJP has an opening for an immigration staff attorney working out of its Reading office, serving immigrant clients primarily in Berks County. The attorney will be responsible for providing legal services to immigrant victims of crime, domestic violence, and trafficking, as well as immigrant children, and assisting them in their U-Visa, VAWA, T-Visa, and SIJS cases, along with other immigration matters.

The position also involves working closely with the Latino client communities and local Latino groups in the areas served. The attorney will identify and collaborate with local social and legal services providers in Berks County and participate in outreach events aimed at providing information on potential forms of immigration relief. They will also engage in outreach to area law schools and assist in the recruitment and supervision of legal interns in Reading.

The attorney must be bilingual in Spanish and must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications skills. A demonstrated commitment to the low-income client community is also essential. Immigration legal service experience is preferred, but new and recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. We are willing to train the right candidate.

Applicants should send a letter, resume, and writing sample to Peter Zurflieh, Community Justice Project, 118 Locust Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17101. 800-322-7572 ext. 210. The Community Justice Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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